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ASH Patron Rt Hon Helen Clark leads a celebration of 25 years of progress on youth smoking

ASH – Action for Smokefree 2025 has released the 25thanniversary results of their year 10 smoking survey. The results were released by Health Minister David Clark at Parliament this morning. The release was hosted by ASH Patron, the Rt Hon Helen Clark and attended by Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa....

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ASH welcomes the end of tobacco branding in New Zealand

As of today, March 14th, Tobacco companies will no longer be able to sell cigarettes in branded packaging. All cigarette released for sale from today must be sold in plain, olive brown generic packaging. Retailers have until the 6thJune to get rid of their branded tobacco stock, from which point...

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The latest ASH national year 10 smoking survey shows youth smoking is at an all time low.

Results from the 2016 ASH year 10 survey released today show that only 2.2 percent of year ten students smoke daily. The lowest smoking rates recorded since 1999 when 15.2 percent of students smoked daily. At the same time, the number of students who have never even taken a puff...

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Action for Smokefree 2025 (ASH) welcomes Jenny Salesa as the new Minister responsible for Smokefree 2025.

Ministerial delegations have been dished out, and Jenny Salesa has been given responsibility for tobacco control. ASH Programme Manager Boyd Broughton said, “Achieving a smokefree Aotearoa by 2025 is a big challenge, and progress has been far to slow in recent years. The last government set a goal for 2025,...

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Latest smoking statistics show a worrying lack of progress toward Smokefree 2025

Nearly 7 years since the last government agreed to a goal for a Smokefree New Zealand by 2025, there is a concerning lack of progress. The latest Figures release by the Ministry of Health show that smoking has only declined by 2.5% from 18.2% to 15.7%. There is no significant...

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Rt Hon Helen Clark joins ASH

ASH is delighted that former PM and ex head of the UNDP has agreed to be our new patron. Helen Clark’s new patronage was announced in an editorial in the New Zealand Herald on the 30th May. You can read it here: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11864028 Don’t forget to share it on social...

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Welcome to Action for Smokefree 2025

On 31st May 2017, World Smokefree Day, ASH relaunched as Action for Smokefree 2025. The organisation has undergone a lot changes in the last year. Most significant was the end of our funding relationship with the Ministry of Health after nearly 20 years. It has been a long and productive...

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